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1:1 Chromebooks Come to Freeman High School.

On August 14th, Freeman Public Schools distributed Chrome Books to all 7-12th graders. This was a huge step forward for instruction at Freeman. The distribution of the laptop-like devices was only the beginning of the activities for the day which was referred to as Chrome Camp.  

 

Chrome Camp, which lasted the entire school day, had students attending 1 of 3 sessions at a time.  The sessions included Getting to Know Your Chromebook, EPortfolios, and effective uses of CANVAS, the newly introduced learning management system.  Each Chrome Camp session was led by a pair of teachers who received additional specialized training during the summer.  

 

The training provided to students mirrored training provided to all staff members over the summer months. All staff summer trainings were partially funded by a grant from the Nebraska Department of Labor.

 

Chrome Camp allowed not only students, but also staff, to better familiarize themselves with the devices.  

 

This is a learning experience for all of us, students and teachers alike.  There is so much out there that is available to us but it takes time to learn and explore all the options," said Danelle Evers, Special Education teacher.  "This year will be a learning process for us all.”  

 

The learning process began well before that Friday in August.  Staff met on multiple occasions over the summer to become trained and more acquainted with the capabilities of the devices.  Chrome Books were first introduced at Freeman at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.  There were 2 carts of Chrome Books available as well as a class set in Mr. Dalrymple’s room.  

 

“I think this is a wonderful addition to our school.  Most students today are digital natives," said J.D. Dalrymple, a social studies teacher and technology integration specialist at Freeman.  "The addition of Chrome Books allow teachers to teach the way students learn today and not the way we were taught.”

 

Students seem to be excited about the changing learning environment as well.  

 

“The Chrome Books have made it (learning) more convenient than previous years because we don't have to have so many books. We can do most of our homework online which is easier. It might take some time to get use to the changes but the changes have been good,” said freshman Kaleb Unvert.

 

Dalrymple continued by saying, “While the school year started with an entire day dedicated to Chrome Book training, we are well aware that the learning curve with technology never really ends.  I believe Freeman is committed to the continuous training that is necessary for both students and staff to be successful in our mission, which is to prepare the students of today for their lives of tomorrow.”

 
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